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Symptoms have been linked to Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice Mexican Flavor. (credit: Barry Iverson/Getty Images)

Symptoms have been linked to Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice Mexican Flavor. (credit: Barry Iverson/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – There has been a series of illnesses associated with Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice, according to TIMEHealth.

TIME is reporting that the government is investigating this claim.

The “infused” flavors are usually only bought by restaurants, schools, hospitals, or other commercial establishments, but the FDA says these products may be available online and at warehouse-type retailers.

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning due to three separate incidents across the country.

The latest incident occurred at three different public schools in Katy, Texas. Thirty-four students and four teachers reported burning, itching rashes, headaches, and nausea The FDA said that they reported the symptoms for between 30 and 90 minutes before they went away. All the students ate Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice Mexican Flavor prior to showing symptoms.

An earlier incident happened in Illinois on December 4 when 25 students who had eaten Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice Products reported similar symptoms. Around the same time in December, four people had similar symptoms in North Dakota after eating the product.

Uncle Ben’s rice is owned by Mars Foodservices and is currently being recalled. The flavors include Roasted Chicken, Garlic & Butter, Mexican, Pilaf, Saffron, Cheese, and Spanish flavors. They are sold in 5 and 25 pound bags.

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